"Here's what pissed me off", Johnson begins. In the clip, the Patriots coach offers compliments to his Eagles counterpart, but the comments to which Johnson referred, assuming they were made in the way he described, could have been made well before then. "It's not. And that's what I got mad at, the arrogance by them".
"I've really spent the last two or three months doing those things, and I think I'm really trying to fill my tank up so that when I do go back, I can go back and I think I'll actually be, in my mind, a better player, a better teammate, because I'll be really rejuvenated".
"There was obviously some stuff said behind closed doors", said Johnson.
Austin did not ask a follow-up question about the alleged trash-talking by Belichick and Kraft, but others subsequently cited an NFL Films clip from just before the Super Bowl, when Belichick met with Pederson on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. I'm out there talking [expletive] to them, but my meeting rooms, I'm telling our guys that and I think a lot of times before games, a lot of guys are beat mentally. Bill talking s-t to our head coach before the game. It is voluntary, but if Johnson is there, he will no doubt be sought after to see if his issues with the "Patriot Way" continues to fester.
Earlier in the podcast, Johnson had spoken of his "fearless" approach to football, using the Patriots as an example.
"That's the thing, you're never going to know..." I know that he's a great player. Although Philadelphia dealt the fatal blow to New England by pulling off the upset with a backup quarterback Nick Foles under center, Johnson isn't done barking at what he perceives to be an arrogant Patriots franchise. Tom Brady doesn't need to have the offseason workouts and face time in that facility at this point in his career. To another Twitter user who called him "classless" Tuesday and told him, "Grow up, shut up, and move on", Johnson replied, "Or what?"